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23 Jun

The Art of Neighboring: Just Start Somewhere

This series is adapted and inspired by Pathak & Runyon’s The Art of Neighboring. When it comes to loving the people God has placed in your life well, we all assume someone else is the expert. But the reality is that when it comes to loving our neighbors, every situation is different. Every neighbor is different, and every person who is trying to love others...

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16 Jun

The Art of Neighboring: Motives Matter

This series is adapted and inspired by Pathak & Runyon’s The Art of Neighboring. Many Christians have been taught by well-meaning people that they should do nice things solely for an opportunity to have a spiritual conversation. Sometimes, and all too often, we become “friends” with people only to share spiritual truths with them. But we are called to love people — period. Whether someone...

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09 Jun

The Art of Neighboring: Small Things Matter | David Robbins

In this series, excerpts are taken and inspired from Pathak & Runyon’s book The Art of Neighboring. When Jesus said that all the commandments can be summed up in loving God and loving our neighbors, he was on to something. God invites us to love the way he loves. What would happen if we all just did what Jesus said to do? Anyone can be...

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01 Jun

Why Christ Is Our Bridegroom | Lauren Schroeder

I’ve always been a take-me-or-leave-me kind of girl. I wouldn’t change for a man and I defied any man who would try and make me change. But over the last few weeks, I finally felt the pressure to better myself for a man and the reason was somewhat surprising: I got engaged. Doesn’t that seem illogical? That after someone got to know me, chose me...

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26 May

Being a Self-Differentiated Leader | Carrie Louer

Two years ago at this time, I was smack in the middle of working on my final project for a master’s degree. The topic: Raising Up Leaders in the Millennial Generation for the Shalom (holistic well-being) of the City. Can we not say there is a vacuum of strong leaders in our culture? I believe what I wrote two years ago more than ever. Here’s an excerpt:...

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13 May

A life in community (asking for help) | Josh Irby

This week's blog post comes from guest writer Josh Irby. Josh lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina with his wife and four children. For the past 15 years he has worked with university students, helping them tell better stories with their lives. -- Have you ever felt frozen—unable to move forward? You know your mission. You have a goal. You even know the root cause of your...

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05 May

Waiting for Perfection In Community | Daniel Du

It is such a noticeable improvement to have warmer weather in recent weeks. We've faced a very harsh winter here in New York, and that harshness reminds me in a very tangible way the efforts of the enemy to separate, isolate, and discourage. I’ve seen the cold these last few months make people choose to stay locked away indoors. I’ve noticed heightened barriers to community...

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28 Apr

Prayer is Active Mission | Eric Gravelle

Prayer is as essential to the Christian faith as much as breathing is to the human body.  But prayer does not come naturally for a lot of us.  For many, our prayer lives are inconsistent.  God knows this and often brings various circumstances into our lives that drive us to Him.  Over the past few days, I've personally experienced this.  I've been driven to my...

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21 Apr

Planting the Seeds | Suzy Silk

My husband and I are now approaching the four year mark in our apartment. NYC is a very transient city, with ever fluctuating rents, so this is the longest I've ever lived in one place in NYC. This week God once again showed me the value of living in the same place, among the same neighbors for a long period of time. In the Bible,...

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16 Apr

Sweetness in the Struggle | Adrienne Minor

Two months ago, I joined a gym. It’s been awhile since I’ve been a member at a gym, so I’m getting reacquainted with gym culture. One of the things I really like is the prevailing sense that we’re all working towards something. We’re showing up and working hard because we want to be healthier and stronger. Furthering this spirit of determination is a variety of...

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06 Apr

The Great Yes | Carrie Walker Louer

Nicholas Kristof is an op-ed columnist for the NY Times. I am a big fan. I don’t always agree with him, but he always makes me think. Nicholas gives a voice for the voiceless and does so with compassion and excellence.   Recently Kristof penned an article about the increasing cultural unpopularity of being an evangelical Christian. Even I, as one employed by one of...

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31 Mar

More than a Familiar Easter | David Robbins

I am pretty sure God never meant for Holy Week to bring pressure and guilt. I know in my head that Jesus came to free us from our guilt … That Jesus came to release the oppressed. But somehow, as I enter this Easter week, I feel like I’m not measuring up and not prepared to enjoy the majesty of Easter. I feel like I’ve...

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24 Mar

New Season, New Self | Jessica Gravelle

Spring is finally here!  After such a long winter, I'm excited for this new season.  We will no longer be confined indoors but can truly enjoy all that the city has to offer. And as we transition to Spring, we also begin to transition and change our wardrobes. We joyfully put away our puffy coats, snow boots and all our heavy winter gear in exchange...

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16 Mar

Preparing for Revival | Kelsey Karys

Today’s guest blog comes from Kelsey Karys, a second year intern with Cru campus ministry in Boston, working mainly at MIT. This year she will be trailblazing a new internship in the northeast called Freedom58, a partnership between Cru and International Justice Mission, to bring Biblical Justice into Christian conversation at universities. -- The walk from MIT to Park Street Church, a beautiful old Boston...

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10 Mar

When God Walks Us Into Deeper Suffering | Meg Robbins

Over the past several months, I have wrestled deeply in my heart with the problem of pain and suffering. It’s always been a challenge for me…I’ve struggled to understand God’s character as I’ve processed things both in history, such as the atrocities of the Holocaust, and every day tragedies, like human trafficking and slavery that still affects millions around the world. But sometimes seeing these things...

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02 Feb

Grace for Today | Lauren Schroeder

Last week, a mix of excitement and dread came over me as I read the weather report about the impending snowstorm. My adventurous side smiled like a five-year-old and said, “Two feet of snow? Wheee!” while my inner dooms-dayer gritted her teeth and muttered “Grocery store. Trample strangers. Secure food at all costs”. This should come as no surprise to my friends who’ve witnessed me...